Deputy Sheriff John V. Donaldson

Deputy Sheriff John V. Donaldson

Ogle County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, September 21, 1956

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John V. Donaldson

Deputy Sheriff John Donaldson was killed in a vehicle crash on Route 72, about one mile west of Route 2, at approximately 2:10 a.m.

He was nearing the end of his shift when another vehicle crossed the center line of Route 72 and struck his patrol car head-on.

Deputy Donaldson had served with the Ogle County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife, seven children, mother, and sister.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving, vehicle crash

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Deputy Sheriff Donaldson,
Even though it’s been over 67 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ogle County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 23, 2023

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